On 14 May, Greek Reporter reported that authorities had seized 338 million smuggled cigarettes at the port of Piraeus, the cigarettes being worth €72 million in duties and taxes. A total of 35 shipping containers labelled as transporting “food items” were discovered to be filled with cigarettes, having originated from Dubai. The cigarettes were being transported from Dubai to Syria, with the eventual goal of being distributed throughout a number of Arab countries. It is said that Greece has the largest proportion of illegal cigarettes in the EU, with smuggled cigarettes costing Greece €690 million in 2018, and around 1.5 billion counterfeit cigarettes have been estimated to be in Greece.
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